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Approach & Practice: Holistic is a term that refers to treating the whole person rather than treating conditions. There are several professions that encourage this. Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of medicine that has a holistic approach and uses natural agents and medicines to help patients regain and maintain their health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bastyr: www.bastyr.edu is as close to an on-the-level naturopathic group as you're going to find. Anybody who's offering "natural medicine" as a complete system of health care is kidding you and perhaps themselves. The folks at bastyr seems interested in figuring out what natural remedies actually work, just as the law forces mainstream physicians to do with our systems of diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Some overlap: Oriental (traditional chinese) medicine is a whole system of healing that includes acupuncture, herbs, qi gong, healing foods, acupressure, and chinese psychology. It's thousands of years old, and takes a lifetime to learn. Naturopathic medicine draws from multiple healing traditions, and some naturopathic physicians study and practice tcm. Most integrate several modalities in their work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Naturopathic Med: Naturopathic medicine is a distinct method of primary health care - an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness. These physicians seek to restore and maintain optimum health in their patients by emphasizing nature's inherent self-healing process. They do this through education and the use of natural therapeutics. http://www.naturopathic.org/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Subset: Naturopaths incorporate notions from a number of fringe areas including oriental medicine, ayurvedic medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion, chiropractic, and herbal theories. All of these use methods which have not been subject to rigorous clinical testing of the type that is a requirement in standard medical practice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No proven value: Naturopaths peddle potions that are made under unregulated conditions with no guarantee of potency, composition or purity. Many contain adulterants that can be dangerous or toxic and most are useless fillers. There are no clinical trials of these products. Save your money and work with your regular physician and a good exercise therapist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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